1991–92 Oldham Athletic A.F.C. season

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Oldham Athletic
1991–92 season
Chairman Ian Stott
Manager Joe Royle
Stadium Boundary Park
First Division 17th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Full Members Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Sharp (14)
All: Sharp (16)
Highest home attendance 18,952 vs. Liverpool
Lowest home attendance 12,125 vs. Notts County
Average home league attendance 15,087

During the 1991–92 English football season, Oldham Athletic A.F.C. competed in the Football League First Division, where they had last played in 1923. A 17th place finish in the final table was enough for survival and a place in the new FA Premier League for the 1992–93 season.

Season summary[edit]

Oldham enjoyed a comfortable return to the top flight after 68 years and finished in 17th, nine points clear of relegation. Although the club only won away three times during the season, strong home form - Oldham only lost five times at home and notably took the scalps of eventual champions Leeds United and eventual third-placed Sheffield Wednesday - proved pivotal in keeping Oldham up.

The season was the first at Boundary Park for striker Graeme Sharp, who joined the club after a long and successful spell at Everton and finished as one of the division's top scorers with 16 goals. Following Sharp to Oldham was midfielder Mike Milligan, who had transferred in the opposite direction a year earlier.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Leeds United 42 13 8 0 38 13 9 8 4 36 24 74 37 +37 82
2 Manchester United 42 12 7 2 34 13 9 8 4 29 20 63 33 +30 78
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 5 3 39 24 8 7 6 23 25 62 49 +13 75
4 Arsenal 42 12 7 2 51 23 7 8 6 30 24 81 46 +35 72
5 Manchester City 42 13 4 4 32 14 7 6 8 29 34 61 48 +13 70
6 Liverpool 42 13 5 3 34 17 3 11 7 13 23 47 40 +7 64
7 Aston Villa 42 13 3 5 31 16 4 6 11 17 28 48 44 +4 60
8 Nottingham Forest 42 10 7 4 36 27 6 4 11 24 31 60 58 +2 59
9 Sheffield United 42 9 6 6 29 23 7 3 11 36 40 65 63 +2 57
10 Crystal Palace 42 7 8 6 24 25 7 7 7 29 36 53 61 – 8 57
11 Queens Park Rangers 42 6 10 5 25 21 6 8 7 23 26 48 47 +1 54
12 Everton 42 8 8 5 28 19 5 6 10 24 32 52 51 +1 53
13 Wimbledon 42 10 5 6 32 20 3 9 9 21 33 53 53 ±0 53
14 Chelsea 42 7 8 6 31 30 6 6 9 19 30 50 60 – 10 53
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 7 3 11 33 35 8 4 9 25 28 58 63 – 5 52
16 Southampton 42 7 5 9 17 28 7 5 9 22 27 39 55 – 16 52
17 Oldham Athletic 42 11 5 5 46 36 3 4 14 17 31 63 67 – 4 51
18 Norwich City 42 8 6 7 29 28 3 6 12 18 35 47 63 – 16 45
19 Coventry City 42 6 7 8 18 15 5 4 12 17 29 35 44 – 9 44
20 Luton Town 42 10 7 4 25 17 0 5 16 14 54 38 71 – 33 42
21 Notts County 42 7 5 9 24 29 3 5 13 16 33 40 62 – 22 40
22 West Ham United 42 6 6 9 22 24 3 5 13 15 35 37 59 – 22 38
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Key
League Champions, qualified for Champions League
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Results[edit]

Oldham Athletic's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1991 Liverpool A 1-2 38,841 Barrett
21 August 1991 Chelsea H 3-0 14,997 Marshall, Holden, Currie
24 August 1991 Norwich City H 2-2 13,584 Marshall, Barrett
28 August 1991 Manchester United A 0-1 42,078
31 August 1991 Nottingham Forest A 1-3 23,244 Marshall
3 September 1991 Coventry City H 2-1 12,996 Adams, Henry
7 September 1991 Sheffield United H 2-1 15,064 Holden, Marshall
14 September 1991 Luton Town A 1-2 9,005 Marshall
21 September 1991 Crystal Palace H 2-3 13,391 Marshall, Holden
28 September 1991 Manchester City A 2-1 31,271 Sharp (2)
5 October 1991 Southampton H 1-1 13,133 Henry
19 October 1991 West Ham United H 2-2 14,365 McDonald, Sharp
26 October 1991 Leeds United A 0-1 28,199
2 November 1991 Notts County A 0-2 10,634
16 November 1991 Arsenal H 1-1 15,681 Barlow
23 November 1991 Queens Park Rangers A 3-1 10,947 Henry, Palmer, Sharp
30 November 1991 Aston Villa H 3-2 15,370 Sharp (2, 1 pen), Palmer
7 December 1991 Wimbledon A 1-2 5,011 Marshall (pen)
14 December 1991 Everton H 2-2 15,955 Palmer, Milligan
21 December 1991 Chelsea A 2-4 15,136 Marshall, Sharp
26 December 1991 Manchester United H 3-6 18,947 Sharp, Milligan, Bernard
28 December 1991 Nottingham Forest H 2-1 16,496 Sharp, Bernard
1 January 1992 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-1 32,679 Adams
11 January 1992 Norwich City A 2-1 12,986 Holden, Bernard
18 January 1992 Liverpool H 2-3 18,952 Adams, Bernard
25 January 1992 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-0 21,843
1 February 1992 West Ham United A 0-1 20,012
8 February 1992 Leeds United H 2-0 18,409 Bernard, Barlow
15 February 1992 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 13,092 Holden, Jobson
22 February 1992 Aston Villa A 0-1 21,509
29 February 1992 Wimbledon H 0-1 12,166
7 March 1992 Everton A 1-2 25,014 Fleming
10 March 1992 Arsenal A 1-2 23,096 Ritchie (pen)
14 March 1992 Notts County H 4-3 12,125 Ritchie (2), Holden, Marshall
21 March 1992 Coventry City A 1-1 13,840 Henry
28 March 1992 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-0 16,897 Sharp, Jobson, Adams
4 April 1992 Sheffield United A 0-2 20,843
11 April 1992 Luton Town H 5-1 13,210 Sharp (4), Milligan
18 April 1992 Crystal Palace A 0-0 13,267
20 April 1992 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-0 15,443 Henry
25 April 1992 Southampton A 0-1 16,857
2 May 1992 Manchester City H 2-5 18,558 Henry, Moulden

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1991-92 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1992 Leyton Orient H 1-1 22,606 Sharp
R3R 15 January 1992 Leyton Orient A 2-4 21,152 Adams, Palmer

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 24 September 1991 Torquay United H 7-1 7,250 Ritchie (4), Sharp, Henry (2)
R2 2nd leg 9 October 1991 Torquay United A 2-0 (won 9-1 on agg) 1,955
R3 29 October 1991 Derby County H 2-1 11,219 Palmer, Sharp
R4 4 December 1991 Manchester United A 0-2 38,550

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
NR2 1 October 1991 Everton A 2-3 4,588 Holden, Milligan

Squad[edit]

[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Paul Gerrard
England GK Jon Hallworth
England GK John Keeley
England DF Andy Barlow
England DF Earl Barrett
England DF Craig Fleming
Norway DF Gunnar Halle
Wales DF Andy Holden
England DF Richard Jobson
England DF Brian Kilcline
England DF Chris Makin
England DF Neil McDonald
England MF Neil Adams
Scotland MF Paul Bernard
England MF Nick Henry
No. Position Player
England MF Rick Holden
Scotland MF Paul Kane
Republic of Ireland MF Mike Milligan (captain)
England MF Neil Redfearn
England MF Glynn Snodin (on loan from Leeds United)
England MF Ian Thompstone
England FW David Currie
England FW Ian Marshall
England FW Paul Moulden
England FW Roger Palmer
England FW Andy Ritchie
Scotland FW Graeme Sharp
England FW Neil Tolson

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
17 July 1991 MF Mike Milligan Everton £600,000
1 August 1991 DF Brian Kilcline Coventry City £400,000
15 August 1991 DF Craig Fleming Halifax Town £80,000
1 October 1991 DF Neil McDonald Everton £500,000
24 March 1992 FW Neil Tolson Walsall £150,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
5 September 1991 MF Neil Redfearn Barnsley £150,000
5 September 1991 FW David Currie Barnsley £250,000
22 November 1991 MF Paul Kane Aberdeen £350,000
23 January 1992 MF Ian Thompstone Exeter City Free transfer
19 February 1992 DF Brian Kilcline Newcastle United £250,000
25 February 1992 DF Earl Barrett Aston Villa £1,700,000
Transfers in: Decrease £1,730,000
Transfers out: Increase £2,700,000
Total spending: Increase £970,000

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